What Makes A Write (un)Original?

What Makes A Write (un)Original?

A Chapter by Dr. YumnaKay
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Raging thoughts...

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Since the beginning of writing, we've been given various ideas on which to write. Love, heartbreaks, romance, erotica, children, horror, serial killings, humour, and a lot more others. 

What makes a writing style unique is not what you have as an idea, but on the way how you present it. There have been numerous of us writing romantic stuff but only few makes it accountable to the reader. The idea itself is stale or unoriginal but should we stop writing romance? Should be that we present new ways to portray it. 

Same goes for any serial killings as the main factor in a novel. We've seen those countless times in movies/novels but that doesn't lessen its charms, rather it's the writer's skills which adds creativity to it (that is "if" the writer has creativity).

So, the end point: none of the "ideas" we write on are original but neither are they unoriginal. 
Be creative. Originality stems itself from it.




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Dr. YumnaKay
This is probably an opening for a debate. Feel free to come up with a counterargument. I would love to hear them. And... don't take it personally ;)

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BBP
Yumna, this was not original! :) hahahahahaha

So true, its like saying that the love of your life really isn't special because people have already fallen in love.

That the spaghetti at a diner is the same as a little old lady making it in Italy.

Everything can have a unique twist, just like people all have unique taste.

Without all of that our world be a boring f*****g place!!!!!!!!!!

Posted 8 Months Ago


3 of 3 people found this review constructive.

Dr. YumnaKay

8 Months Ago

I thought so that you would say that 😂😂
Well it's a garbled mixture of conversations a.. read more
BBP

8 Months Ago

You knew I would!!!!! hahahahaha
Dr. YumnaKay

8 Months Ago

Yeah I think I know at least you hahah 😛😂



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Taken broadly, I agree with you point. Every emotion and virtually every plot line has been done before, so it's more about putting different angles on those topics rather than creating a new one all together. Also, to me, the way a piece is written is more impressive than the actual content. Even if a story is more original than others, it isn't necessarily good. Take this "short story" for example (made off the top of my head):

I was in then country farming. Then I got a million dollars. Then, I became a cartoon character. Then I got abducted by aliens. Then my mother ate my heart. Then my son, an alien named Zymus, became a movie director before he realized he had a snake trapped in his foot. It was fun living on clouds.

Though that thing above (I would call it a short story, but that'd be rather insulting) is more 'original' than a lot of stories, it certainly isn't well written. It's boring as hell and the repetitive syntax, overall lack of continuity, and lack of substance make it so.

Since writing (and creativity in general) is an adventure, I don't think one should ever force originality. Just read, and it will come. As for my writing, I like to explore different avenues. I have a mental list of the things I still want to do in my poetry. I get a lot of inspiration from this site, perhaps more than I get from the published poets I read.

Thanks for posting this thought-provoking write.

- William Liston

Posted 8 Months Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Dr. YumnaKay

8 Months Ago

Thank you, William for your insight here. I can not agree more on this. Like I said, creativity, not.. read more
I agree with all that you state. My peeve is that some writers tend to use the same tired and repetitious words and lines. There is no wrong or right in poetry but when you lack originality in presentation your audience will quickly leave you. When I read someones poetry and there are such unique lines, phrases or verses I anticipate the authors next creations. I also want to add I've joined numerous poetry sites but Writerscafe is by far the most superior.

I often ponder the fact that there has to be millions of poems written about love for over many centuries and we are still writing thousands more each day. Now what does that say about love? Or poetry?

Posted 8 Months Ago


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Dr. YumnaKay

8 Months Ago

True. It's not only for poetry but for other works of fiction as well. Originality stems from being .. read more
Dr. YumnaKay

8 Months Ago

Hmm I think it's because love is a vast emotion which covers everything. One can't just stop writing.. read more
Some would say that love and romance are antiquated ideas, but poets have been writing about them for ages, and will continue to in the future.
In short, the writer is in complete artistic control in reference to what they write, which leaves the reader choices: to read or not to read?
That is the question.

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Tony Jordan

8 Months Ago

Well if you are admitting to being a master-debater then you win...lol
Tony Jordan

8 Months Ago

and anyone out there in TV land who thought I was a gentleman can start to boo and hiss lol
Dr. YumnaKay

8 Months Ago

Hahaha you are a gentle man 😂😉
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BBP
Yumna, this was not original! :) hahahahahaha

So true, its like saying that the love of your life really isn't special because people have already fallen in love.

That the spaghetti at a diner is the same as a little old lady making it in Italy.

Everything can have a unique twist, just like people all have unique taste.

Without all of that our world be a boring f*****g place!!!!!!!!!!

Posted 8 Months Ago


3 of 3 people found this review constructive.

Dr. YumnaKay

8 Months Ago

I thought so that you would say that 😂😂
Well it's a garbled mixture of conversations a.. read more
BBP

8 Months Ago

You knew I would!!!!! hahahahaha
Dr. YumnaKay

8 Months Ago

Yeah I think I know at least you hahah 😛😂
Am l'll weak in debates...
But yeah I agree with your words, it's not about the genre, it's all about the writer and how he presents, how he creates scenario's, how he plays with words...That's all makes the difference regardless of genre...:)

Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Dr. YumnaKay

8 Months Ago

Thank you for agreeing, Surya. It's what makes the difference, so very true :)
Surya

8 Months Ago

You are welcome Yumna, Pleasure is mine participating in you debate, haha..:)
Dr. YumnaKay

8 Months Ago

hahah if only you had come with arguing, would have been more fun :p ;P
Well... Actually... There are always new ideas... Lol. Its the way you craft them and the way you build it. Don't believe me? Philosophy says an idea is the rejumping of ones mind. If ideas were repetitive there would be no new inventions in the world. We just have to look at things at a different angle. And as I say... A coin has two faces but one middle, squished where no one tends to look. And if you happen to split it right in through the edge, you will see 2 more new faces. There 2 dark sides and 1 light middle. Go check it out 😉

Posted 8 Months Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Dr. YumnaKay

8 Months Ago

Still, the ideas evolve from previous ideas ;) But you say it yourself.. it's the way you craft it t.. read more
Sir Drift & Mr. Pulse (Y.A.D.)

8 Months Ago

https://m.youtube.com/?reload=7&rdm=2isbpb423#/watch?list=PL8dPuuaLjXtNgK6MZucdYldNkMybYIHKR¶ms=.. read more
You are right my friend. Each of us had lived a different life. Can change a normal scenery to our view. This is what make writing so interesting. Thank you dear friend for sharing your words and thoughts on writing.
Coyote

Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Dr. YumnaKay

8 Months Ago

So very true. Thank you, Coyote, for adding your thoughts here. I appreciate it 😊
Coyote Poetry

8 Months Ago

You are welcome my dear friend.
Our materials as humans are those within our grasp and those who can think best how to carve them into shape are good artists. Most people can throw a pot! Only a few can think beyond to create a unique piece of art or science, much as Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, Jules Verne or Arthur C Clarke etc

Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Dr. YumnaKay

8 Months Ago

True. I can not agree more. Thank you for your thoughts here 😊
John Alexander McFadyen

8 Months Ago

I guess the rest of us must do it for pleasure and along the way, if we please others, it is a bonus.. read more
The points in this piece are all very valid. EVERYTHING has been done before and it is up to the writer to put a new spin on things throughout the story. Just like you say - 'What makes a writing style unique is not what you have as an idea, but on the way how you present it.-' So very true.
It is all about presentation and the writers creativity to create a STORY which has never been told before. A chapter here and there will not matter - its all the other chapters that matter and how they unfold and in what way.
I do watch MANY films and read COUNTLESS books and do see many things the same from one book/movie to the next BUT the thing which keeps me going is the CREATIVITY of the STORY.
I too agree with Ahseks points down below.

I agree with this line too -' rather it's the writer's skills which adds creativity to it (that is "if" the writer has creativity).'

Good piece. Very well said.

Mark.



Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Dr. YumnaKay

8 Months Ago

Ahh, Mark, I was hoping you at least would argue 😛 lol jk
Thank you for seconding me here... read more
matrixmark

8 Months Ago

lol.
Not a problem. It's so very true with what you say.

Creativity is the key.. read more
yes an idea is borrowed or built from another's idea or thoughts in the quest of human's trying to be better.

Posted 8 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Dr. YumnaKay

8 Months Ago

Of course! I know his tactics 😉😂
andrew mitchell

8 Months Ago

But has he got a gun?
Dr. YumnaKay

8 Months Ago

Probably without bullets 😉😂

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